Community Foundation Research & Training Institute

The mission of Community Foundation Research & Training Institute (CFRTI) is to help turn a good community foundation into a great community foundation.

This is accomplished by providing training for staff, board members and volunteers; by helping you with your strategic planning; through coaching and mentoring services, by publishing insightful research into topics of importance to community foundations, and by producing a blog that we will continually update with items of interest to the field. 

Community Foundation Census 2015

Fund Raising and Grant Seeking


GuideStar is the source of information about U.S. nonprofits. Search this database of IRS-recognized organizations to find a charity, benchmark your nonprofit’s performance, research the sector, and more.

IRS Accountability, Planning and Governance

Tax-exempt organizations that fail to satisfy annual filing requirements for three consecutive years automatically lose their tax-exempt status. If an organization loses its exemption, it will have to reapply to regain its tax-exempt status. Any income received between the revocation date and renewed exemption may be taxable. Online Workshops for tax exempt organizations, ABC’s for tax exempt organization, filing requirement for small exempt organizations may be found on the IRS website.

Managing Your Operations

Get back to Nonprofit Basics by brushing up on fundraising, board development, marketing and public relations.  Also read about Management tools and tips, how to find good volunteers and more at

Surviving Tough Times.  This article is a guide for managing charities through a recession.  Also get helpful tips from reports about Guide to Grants, The Nonprofit Handbook and more at